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Bride & Groom Portrait Dominican Republic

Just thinking about this post and Kat & Chris gives me goosebumps. When Sarah and I knew we would be the lucky ones to document their wedding at The Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro in the Dominican Republic we were beyond excited to say the least!

We had the honor of meeting these two at a previous wedding of Jessica + B, and fell in love with their positive attitudes and fun personalities!! Just going through the photos gave Sarah and I such joy everytime we would see Kat’s glowing smile.:)

Their wedding was attended by their closest family and friends and days full of poolside parties and fun dinners preceded the big day. As we spent more and more time with these two we grew to love and respect them, recognizing that a true friendship was in the making.

Fast forward to their wedding, it could not have been more perfect. The day started with laughing in both Kat and Chris’s rooms and you could feel excitement was in the air. Their ceremony, performed by our past client/friend, was intimate, heartfelt, joyful and inspiring. After dinner the dance floor was packed with glowsticks and balloons and a dance party that was one for the books! It didn’t stop there as they made their way to “the boat” that had a secret bar/club under the deck and the festivities continued, ending the night with a jump into the pool, (which I may or may not have take part of). 😉

As hard as it was to say goodbye to Kat and Chris, we know this is not the end of our friendship. Thank you for having us document your day but thank you more for being an inspiration in our lives.

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Palazzo Lavaca wedding portrait

After sitting down with Caitlin & Max to discuss ideas and details for their perfect wedding, Sarah and I knew they had come up with something brilliant, non-traditional, personal and straight-up extraordinary. Their wedding expressed “Life in Color”, and they couldn’t have been more spot on.  Beginning and ending the day at Palazzo Lavaca, one of Austin’s well kept secrets, and with their ceremony and reception taking place at Vuka, they created a celebration that was unique and creative, just like them.

They brought their wedding to life with vibrant colors as all of their guests dressed in outfits of brilliant tones! With Caitlin and Max keeping their outfits very “black-tie,” It created an atmosphere that was aesthetically beautiful. As the day progressed, the color continued from the clothing, to lighting, vibrant smoke bombs, a massive drop of confetti at the end of the reception and grand exit through their crowd of friends and family that showered them in rainbow sprinkles.

We made our way back to Palazzo Lavaca for the after party, where there was more dancing under disco lights, and relaxing within the eclectic walls of the beautiful mansion!

We cannot thank Caitlin & Max enough for having us capture their magical day!  It was truly one of a kind.:)

We would also like to thank Pearl Events for making this day possible and truly come to life! We would also like to thank Premiere Events, Stiles Switch, Posey Floral, Sugar Mamas Bakeshop, Austin Scoops, Bobalu Cigar Company, The Night Owls, The Coordinates, DNA Events, Urban Bartenders, Specs, Lilios Lighting, Radisson, Austin Charter Services and Lasting Luxe Makeup Artistry.

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  • caroline - Killer set y’all!

  • Jason Smelser - Amazing images! I love how dark and moody your work is, and classy at the same time.

marigny opera house bride groom portraitSome things just feel like magic, and this wedding was just that.  Renee and Nick combined the nostalgia of the 20’s with the intimacy of a small destination wedding, with their free spirited & anything goes mentality.  Some weddings inspire us with over the top decor, and others just by sheer size, but this one lit us up with it’s simplicity and style, not to mention the warmth we felt from each and every guest there.  This Gatsby themed wedding was one of the greats, with everyone at the wedding participating.  Adam and I agreed that each of us felt like we’d stepped into Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, really experiencing a true 1920’s New Orleans wedding.  The Marigny Opera house, a bit off the French Quarter was the perfect backdrop, and added to the authentic atmosphere.  Still, even with the unique style, food, music, and setting of this wedding, what stands out the most is the people.  More like friends than clients, and more like family than friends even, we have a special place in our hearts for Renee and Nick, and feel grateful to have been a part of this one of a kind evening.
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  • arol horkavy - Beautiful work! The colors are so rich in this set.

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Wedding traditions certainly vary between cultures and religions, but having been a part of many weddings over the years, we’ve seen the personal touches and traditions that are unique to families and groups of friends.  We hear more and more that the most important wedding-related thing to couples is that their guests really enjoy themselves, which (aside from being a refreshing side-step from the less important things that often take precedence) often highlights the personal traditions, pastimes, and interests of those we get the pleasure of meeting!  Morgan and Kris, however, took this to a new level, and planned their wedding party at Mercury Hall (the actual ceremony was held a week earlier in their home of Seattle) around the Austin City Limits music festival and their anniversary.  With many of their out-of-town guests attending the music festival (never have I photographed a welcome bag, complete with festival wristband!), this wedding was the one-of-a-kind dinner party to kick off the fun!  Full of color and texas flare,  this gorgeous event was brought to us by seattle-based event stylist and curator Dandy & Fine Parties , with coordinating by Cara at Your Wedding Your Way.  Thank you Morgan and Kris for your amazing fun-loving attitude, and for this refreshing take on tradition!

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  • geoff - This is so good!